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musicman
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APS #213005
23 Jul 2016
09:50:29am
I recently ran across this cover and was wondering if anyone here has an idea what the numbers stamped in purple on the reverse of the cover are for....route number, maybe???
I have no clue - just a guess!


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Thanks in advance for any ideas!

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khj
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23 Jul 2016
11:55:45am
re: STAMPED NUMBERS ON COVER

Well the "171" does match the Sears Department printed on the front side. So if I were to guess, it's an internal Sears hand-stamp -- but no idea what the "409" would be...

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ikeyPikey
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23 Jul 2016
12:00:37pm
re: STAMPED NUMBERS ON COVER

Since the front is clearly marked "DEPT. 171", I'm guessing that 171-409 is a clerk (more likely) or a desk (work station), but cannot imagine why this would not be neatly stamped on the front.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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musicman
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APS #213005
23 Jul 2016
02:34:33pm
re: STAMPED NUMBERS ON COVER

Hadn't noticed that - thanks!

Stretching here, but;

could the "409" be the time it was prepared to be mailed? Since the postmarked timestamp reads "4:30PM"

....and I could very well be way off on that.....

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ikeyPikey
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23 Jul 2016
11:40:21pm
re: STAMPED NUMBERS ON COVER

Quote:

"... could the "409" be the time it was prepared to be mailed? ..."



I am guessing that:

- Sears could not care less what time they sealed the envelope, but

- Sears could care a lot about who filled & sealed the envelope.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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APS #213005
24 Jul 2016
08:01:32am
re: STAMPED NUMBERS ON COVER

...I am guessing you are probably spot on, Ikey-Pikey/Mikey....

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